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Nine Lives, In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

Nine Lives, In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

by William Dalrymple

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

From Sufi dervish and Buddhist monk to outcast and temple worshiper: nine people, nine lives, all captured by Dalrymple as he journeys throughout India in search of remarkable individuals transformed by religion. At turns bemusing, dazzling and heart-wrenching, this is his first travel book in 15 years. (IDA587, $16.00)

India

India

by Stanley Wolpert

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 281 PAGES

Wolpert's reflections on India -- its religion and philosophy, its art, culture and politics -- make for a wonderfully literate, succinct primer. (IDA04, $29.95)

Footprint Rajasthan Handbook

Footprint Rajasthan Handbook

by Matt Barrett

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This wonderfully informative guide in the practical Footprint series includes background information on the history, attractions and culture of Rajasthan. (IDA267, $24.95)

India Northwest Adventure Map

India Northwest Adventure Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A double-sided full color map of Northwest India at a scale of 1:1,400,000 with good shaded relief, topographic detail, roads, waterways and basic travel information. Printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper. Two Sides. 20x31 inches. (IDA73, $11.95)

 
Lonely Planet India Phrasebook

Lonely Planet India Phrasebook


by Omkar Koul

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 398 PAGES

A palm-sized handy guide to pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (IDA538, $10.99)

Love Jaipur, Rajasthan

Love Jaipur, Rajasthan


by Fiona Caulfield

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • BOXED
  • 168 PAGES

The exuberant Caulfield includes her favorite palaces and places, experiences, get-aways, markets, shops and must-sees in this rather remarkable, carefully curated hand-crafted guide. With sections on Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Agra and Rajasthan. Second edition. (IDA590, $50.00)

In Spite of the Gods

In Spite of the Gods


by Edward Luce

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 346 PAGES

Luce tackles the challenges and reality of the world's largest democracy with insight and balance in this portrait of a nation in transition. (IDA349, $16.95)

May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons, A Journey Among the Women of India

May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons, A Journey Among the Women of India


by Elisabeth Bumiller

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 220 PAGES

A wonderfully written and fascinating portrayal of Indian women from Bollywood stars to Indira Gandhi to prostitutes. It's an insightful portrait of the country as seen through the eyes of its women. (IDA37, $16.00)

Monumental India

Monumental India


by Amit Pasricha

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Pasricha's dramatic photographs show the splendor and variety of Northern India, from Hindu and Jain temple complexes, imposing Islamic tombs and mosques, to serene Buddhist monasteries and stupas, colonial and royal palaces and majestic forts. (IDA588, $175.00)

Ramayana, Divine Loophole

Ramayana, Divine Loophole


by Sanjay Patel

  • RELIGION
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 208 PAGES

Pixar animator Sanjay Patel uses whimsical illustrations to retell the beloved epic from Hindu mythology. Over 100 colorful full-spread illustrations bring the adventures of Rama to life as he endeavors to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king. (IDA595, $29.95)

World Religions: Eastern Traditions

World Religions: Eastern Traditions


by Willard G. Oxtoby

  • RELIGION
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 515 PAGES

A clear and insightful introduction to Eastern religions by a team of scholars, covering Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist and East Asian traditions. Scholarly, but still rewarding for the general reader. (ASA07, $89.95)

Darsan, Seeing the Divine Image in India

Darsan, Seeing the Divine Image in India


by Diana L. Eck

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 115 PAGES

Tremendously useful for the traveler, this rigorous guide explains the significance and meaning of Hindu temples, festivals and ritual. Darsan, which translates as "seeing," reveals religious expression in India. (IDA75, $25.00)

Indian Art

Indian Art


by Vidya Dehejia

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

A beautifully illustrated, very readable history of Indian art and architecture. It considers the religious and intellectual contexts of three thousand years of Indian art, including the modern era. (IDA185, $29.95)

Dreaming in Hindi, Coming Awake in Another Language

Dreaming in Hindi, Coming Awake in Another Language


by Katherine Russell Rich

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES
  • NEW

Rich skewers the hilarity and challenges of taking on not just a new language but also a new culture in this spirited tale of life in Udaipur. (IDA565, $14.95)

Empires of the Indus, The Story of a River

Empires of the Indus, The Story of a River


by Alice Albinia

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

Albinia follows the great river from Pakistan upstream and back in time, tracing 2,000 miles of geography and five millennia of history. (PKN25, $16.95)

Gandhi, An Autobiography, or the Story of My Experiments with Truth

Gandhi, An Autobiography, or the Story of My Experiments with Truth


by Mohandas K. Gandhi

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

There is no substitute for reading Gandhi in his own simple, direct prose. A highly recommended glimpse into the personality and life of this remarkable figure. (IDA163, $16.00)

India, A Traveler's Literary Companion

India, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by Chandrahas Choudhury

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

Each of these 14 stories evokes place and landscape, providing an excellent introduction both to contemporary writers and to India's diverse cultures and history. (IDA598, $14.95)

Kim

Kim


by Rudyard Kipling

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

For the sheer pleasure of its prose, insight into the British in India and its extraordinary sense of place, you can't do better than Kipling's Great Game classic about a boy who travels the Grand Trunk Road with the Dalai Lama. (IDA65, $9.00)

Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children


by Salman Rushdie

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 533 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Crowned Best of the Booker in 2008, Rushdie's greatest novel is a madcap, comic take on the birth of modern India in all its splendid and unexpected manifestations. (IDA12, $16.00)

The Romantics

The Romantics


by Pankaj Mishra

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

The story of a Brahmin youth who travels to the holy city of Benares and falls in with a motley crew of westerners enamored of India. (IDA143, $16.00)

Birds of India

Birds of India


by Richard Grimmett | Carol Inskipp | Tim Inskipp

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

Thoroughly revised, with 73 new plates and many others updated or repainted, the second edition of the masterful Birds of India now features all maps and text opposite the plates for quicker and easier reference. (FG43, $39.50)

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